Thursday, September 29, 2016

Xyience Cran Razz


I wish they expanded at least one of the abbreviations for this new label, like they did for the Blue Pomegranate. Anyways, I received a can of this courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven.

Taste

This Xyience has a beautiful cranberry color and smells like cranberry/raspberry cocktail. The flavor is almost like any cranberry cocktail you can buy in a grocery store. The cranberries are forward and tart while the raspberries round off the back with their sweetness and the resulting mix lingers well into the aftertaste, though slightly muted. I am very indifferent towards cranberry/raspberry cocktails, but carbonating one changes my perception...just a tiny bit.

I say almost, because there is a sweetener presence all throughout each sip and well into the aftertaste. It only briefly disappears during the tartness spike.

Energy

As expected, there are 176 mg of caffeine in the can. I was a bit hazy when I got up but within 10-15 minutes of starting to drink this, I was starting to wake up and feel focused. I felt that way for the next 15-20 minutes when the caffeine was fully absorbed and making me want to get up and do some physical work. The effects lasted for 3-4 hours and ended with a mild crash. Nothing serious, but I felt a bit tired.

Scores:
Cost - courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven
Taste - 8.8/10
Energy - 8.2/10

Overall - 17/20...solid flavor and a good kick

Friday, September 23, 2016

VPX Redline Xtreme Blue Razz


I received this Redline Xtreme Blue Razz courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven.

Taste

I must fully admit that this Redline Xtreme has one of the most chemically-rich aromas of any caffeinated product I have ever tried. Yes, there are hints of blueberries, but there are also heavy chemical influences. The aroma is not repulsive by any means, it is just chemically rich.

The flavor tells a different story. The first sip is very sweet and artificial at the start, but subsequent sips have a tart raspberry note at the start with a momentary sweet blueberry blip. Then there is a brief chemical blip before the sweeteners kick in and take over the finish and aftertaste, where you will also find some lingering berry-like notes.

Energy

Like all other VPX Redline Xtreme bottles, this one contains 316 mg of caffeine and the effects are felt within minutes. I got up at 4:00 a.m. to go on a trip and this had me wired up within 20 minutes. Because I drank it quickly, I felt a bit jittery, but had I taken my time, the caffeine build up would have been smoother. The effects lasted for good 5 hours or so.

Scores:
Cost - courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven
Taste - 6/10
Energy - 10/10

Overall - 16/20...my least favorite of the VPX Redline Xtreme series in terms of taste

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Xyience Blue Pomegranate Energy Drink


For this new label, Xyience decided to expand the name from "Blue Pom" to "Blue Pomegranate". Good for them and us. Before I get on with the review, I should note that this can came free courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven.

Taste

First off, the color is very interesting. When poured in a clear cup, it is red, like a pomegranate juice, but when you hold it at certain angles, the edges are purple. And not like a light hue, it is purple. The drink smells like a cranberry juice with just some light sweet notes here and there. It also tastes like cranberry juice at the start and for most of the duration of each sip. It has a very light bite in the middle, but mellows out towards the end when sweet notes of blueberries come. Essentially, the cranberry tartness is offset by the blueberry sweetness and vice versa (i.e. the sweetness doesn't build up very much).

The only times I noted any sweeteners was in the aftertaste. The taste has very little of them and you will sense them only if you really focus on them, or are sensitive to sweeteners.

Energy

There are 176 mg of caffeine in the can, which is enough to jolt you within 15 minutes. I started to feel focused within the same time frame and was focused on writing something for the next 15-20 minutes when the caffeine was fully absorbed and making me want to get up and do some physical work. The effects lasted for 3-4 hours and ended with a mild crash. Nothing serious, but I felt a bit tired.

Scores:
Cost - courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven
Taste - 8.5/10
Energy - 8.2/10

Overall - 16.7/20...mellow and inoffensive flavor

Thursday, September 15, 2016

VPX Redline Xtreme Sour Heads


I got this VPX Redline Xtreme Sour Heads courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven and it was an awesome surprise. I didn't know there was a Sour Heads energy drink/shot!

Taste

The aroma is nothing spectacular. I was expecting a combination of sour notes, but all I got was some blueberry and a medley of berries I couldn't identify. The flavor is where it's at! The flavor is mild when it hits the tip of your tongue and even a little sweet, but as it travels along the tongue, it sourness comes in waves and drowns you. There is so much of it that it is hard to pick out any flavors. I think there are some berries in there, maybe citrus? Maybe green apple? Whatever it is, it is sour! But the aftertaste is more like the aroma - slightly sweet with notes of blueberries and a medley of other sweet berries.

This is an interesting one, but like Sour Heads, the sour experience is very brief.

Energy

There are 316 mg of caffeine in the bottle and I was feeling focused within 15 minutes of opening the bottle. The effect was very gradual and so was the focus I gained for about 15-20 minutes before the caffeine rushed through my body and made me want to run around. There were no jitters getting to that point and once I was there, I was pumped for a good 5 hours. There was a mild crash at the end but some food and water helped me.

Scores:
Cost - courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven
Taste - 8.5/10
Energy - 10/10

Overall - 18.5/20...brief sour spike and a long energy kick

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Power Toothpaste Announces Product Launch of World’s First Caffeinated Toothpaste Round 2!


Hey guys, remember the caffeinated toothpaste I reviewed end of last year? After getting over 30,000 signatures from their campaign earlier this year and raising over $40,000, they are back with awesome new packaging, full sized tubes and ready to charge you up. Check out the press release below and the review. These guys are great!!!

Power Toothpaste Announces Product Launch of World’s First Caffeinated Toothpaste
Company makes caffeinated toothpaste available to public after shipping 2,000 tubes pre-ordered through crowdfunding campaign

BROOKLYN, New York, September 14, 2016 - Today, Power Toothpaste starts selling the world’s first caffeinated toothpaste at www.powertoothpaste.com, available for immediate shipment. After raising over $40,000 in a crowdfunding campaign, shipping over 2,000 tubes of toothpaste to fulfill pre-orders, and receiving international press coverage from the likes of The Guardian, VICE, the New York Times, Daily Mail, and Uncrate, this first-of-its-kind oral care product is now available to the public on the company’s website.

Power Toothpaste is the world’s first toothpaste to contain caffeine. Unlike coffee, which takes up to an hour to fully absorb through the stomach, Power Toothpaste begins working immediately, absorbing through the gums and mouth, giving you a “rush while you brush”. Like a traditional toothpaste, Power Toothpaste still leaves the teeth clean and mouth feeling fresh.

Power Toothpaste was founded by Dan Meropol and Ian Nappier, two young entrepreneurs who became friends while attending Brown University, and who are now waking up the sleepy multibillion-dollar oral care industry. After learning from an ADA study that fewer than half of Americans brush twice per day, Dan set out to find a way to encourage people to take better care of their teeth. Dan spoke to his friend Ian about the problem he was trying to solve – and Ian suggested a caffeinated toothpaste.

The two founders decided to test the market to gauge interest in their idea. They immediately encountered overwhelming consumer demand, collecting over 30,000 email sign-ups in eight weeks. Ian and Dan launched a crowdfunding campaign for Power Toothpaste on Indiegogo and began accepting pre-orders, raising over $40,000.

After a year of research, development, formula refinement, a partnership with an FDA-compliant American manufacturer, and a drove of press coverage, the company has shipped over 2,000 tubes of toothpaste to customers who made pre-orders. Beginning today, Power Toothpaste is available to the general public at www.powertoothpaste.com.

“Too many people aren’t taking care of their teeth, even when they know they should,” said Dan Meropol. “At Power Toothpaste we believe a big part of this is that oral care hasn’t been exciting for decades, and the products that Big Toothpaste is offering just aren’t good enough. Our mission is to make oral care fun and exciting again, and above all else, to get people brushing.”

“I made the first version of this toothpaste in my kitchen,” said Ian Nappier. “As Dan and I shared it with our friends, it was clear we were onto something. Not only did caffeinated toothpaste work, but people were excited about something they used to dread: waking up.”

“It’s scary how well this works,” declared an early beta tester, two minutes after brushing with Power Toothpaste for the first time. “I want to use this every morning.”

Another beta tester, a schoolteacher from Brooklyn, NY, shared “Every workday I’m a zombie until I go out of my way to chug a bitter cup of coffee. Later in the day I have to worry about my coffee breath. Power Toothpaste is the perfect solution to my problem.”

Power Toothpaste has received coverage from over one hundred media outlets as well as a number of high profile blogs. Rachel Pick of VICE stated in a review that “Power Toothpaste really does work.”

Some of the key benefits of the product include:

REVOLUTIONARY SPEED: Power Toothpaste kicks into gear much faster than coffee, absorbing through the mouth and giving the user a boost within minutes after brushing. Power blasts away the morning fog, so users can feel good almost immediately upon waking up.

AFFORDABLE: 90 cups of coffee can cost up to $260. A single tube of Power Toothpaste contains 90 brushes, each of them comparable to a cup of coffee, for the price of $15. Power Toothpaste is $245 cheaper than three months of coffee, allowing users to stay energized while saving money.

CONVENIENT: Energy drinks and shots taste horrible in the morning, and obtaining coffee usually requires stopping at a cafe or spending 20 minutes with a coffee machine. In today’s busy world, some people require a quicker and more convenient way to get their morning fix. Power Toothpaste is a revolutionary solution to this problem.

HEALTHY: Power Toothpaste contains the same healthy ingredients as the leading brands to eliminate plaque, reduce stains, and freshen your breath. Not to mention that Power whitens your teeth, compared to coffee which stains and darkens.


About Power Toothpaste

Power Toothpaste is bringing innovation to the oral care market by changing the way people brush their teeth. Power is the world’s first caffeinated toothpaste, giving the user a rush while they brush that is faster, more convenient, and more affordable than coffee and energy drinks. 50% of Americans don’t brush twice a day; Power Toothpaste gives the brusher a boost while encouraging proper oral hygiene.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Xyience Fruit Punch Energy Drink


Here is another Xyience courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven. If you are curious to find out what I thought of the Bang Fruit Punch (you know, for science), check out my review.

Taste

This Xyience has a nice red color and looks just like a real fruit punch. The aroma is full of various berries, and I can clearly pick out cherries, cranberries and raspberries. The flavor is shockingly good all throughout. It starts off on a lightly sweet note with mellow raspberries, but quickly transitions to lip-puckering sour with bold cranberry and sour cherry flavors. Then comes in something that could only be described as a mix of slightly sweet black cherries and lemon/lime.

This doesn't even taste like a sugar-free drink. The only reminder you will get is far into the aftertaste when light sweetener notes start peeking from beneath the tartness. This is probably my favorite Xyience so far.

Energy

There are 176 mg of caffeine in the can and the effects are comparable to every other Xyience I have tried. I felt awake within 10-15 minutes and focused for another 15-20 until the caffeine was fully absorbed and pumping through my body...which made me want to get up and run around. The kick lasted for almost 4 hours and I did not experience a crash. Maybe that was because I had plenty of sleep.

Scores:
Cost - courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven
Taste - 8.9/10
Energy - 8.2/10

Overall - 17.1/20...surprisingly good fruit punch

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Xyience Cherry Lime Energy Drink


For years I passed by this drink because I swore I tried and reviewed it, but nope! This idiot had only tried and reviewed Xyience's Cherry Rush, not Cherry Lime! But no big deal, because Energy Drink Heaven hooked me up with a can.

Taste

This pinkish liquid has a very sweet scent that reminds me of a soda..or pop, or whatever you call carbonated sugary drinks in your region. The cherry is present at the front, but you also get an all-too-familiar Mountain Dew-like citrus back. 

The first few sips are messy, but around the third or fourth sip you will start noticing alternating cherry and citrus flavors. The cherry comes first and reminds me of cough syrup because of the flavoring that was used, but then comes the citrus and washes it off and leaves this sweet Mountain Dew-like finish. In the aftertaste comes the cherry again but now it is more developed. If you give it another minute or two, the citrus comes back and forms this cream soda/Mountain Dew lingering end. 

I think that "Cherry Citrus" would have been a more fitting name. Lime notes are noticeable, but so are a slew of other citrus peels.

Energy

There are 176 mg of caffeine and the effects are very similar to the other Xyience drinks. Within 15 minutes of starting to drink this, I was starting to feel more awake and focused. Right before the caffeine was starting to kick in, I felt a bit jittery, but that was only for a brief moment. Once the caffeine kicked in, I was flying for about 3 to 4 hours and didn't have much of a rough landing when the effects wore off. Some water fixed me right up.

Scores:
Cost - courtesy of Energy Drink Heaven
Taste - 8/10
Energy - 8.2/10

Overall - 16.2/20...always check your notes to see if you actually had tried an energy drink before